Managing the impact of ankylosing spondylitis on the patient and society

Hamilton-West, Kate E. (2010) Managing the impact of ankylosing spondylitis on the patient and society. International Journal of Clinical Rheumatology, 5 (5). ISSN 1758-4272. (The full text of this publication is not available from this repository)

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Abstract

The purpose of this review is to consider the challenges faced by patients and clinicians in relation to long-term management of ankylosing spondylitis (AS), a common rheumatic disease with early age of onset, and to provide evidence-based recommendations for minimising the impact of AS on the patient and society. The review is organised into three main sections; the first provides a general background in relation to epidemiology, pathogenesis, clinical features, diagnosis and classification; the second considers the impacts of AS on the patient and society; the third provides recommendations for minimising these impacts. In particular we highlight the importance of patient education, group exercise, ergonomic adjustment of the work environment, psychological therapies and spa therapies. We also urgently recommend notifying patients of the advantages associated with active membership of a patient support group. Following this review, we present some general conclusions regarding the goals for long-term management of this condition and consider how the field might develop in the future. Necessary research fields for the future are highlighted.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare > HV1568 Disability studies
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Psychology > Applied Psychology
Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research > Centre for Health Services Studies
Depositing User: Kate Hamilton-West
Date Deposited: 13 Sep 2010 13:10
Last Modified: 21 May 2014 15:37
Resource URI: http://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/25503 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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